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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 11/14/2017

A small space can seem to be an unsolvable challenge. There are ways that you can work with your home and adapt to the space to suit your needs.

Arrange Furniture Wisely

If the furniture in a room isnít arranged properly, it can really put a damper on a small space. You donít want your furniture to be so far apart in a room, that people canít carry on a conversation, but you also donít want the room to appear cramped. 

In the living room, for example, youíre going to want to keep some open space but also have a strategy to arranging the furniture to set it up for company and space. This means that you need to pull furniture away from the walls. This will create more depth for the room, without adding anything. Also, donít fill any room with too much furniture. If a room feels stuffy, see what pieces of furniture aren't essential and take them out. 

Use Solid Colors For Your Base In A Room

If a small room has large pieces of solid color on the wall open, youíll have the freedom to add patterns if you want. This also gives the room the illusion that itís larger and has more open space available. 

Place Your Bed In Front Of A Window

It may seem strange to place a bed in front of a window, but in many small bedrooms, this is your only option to give you space for both furniture and a bed. The bed actually becomes the focal point of the room when you arrange it this way. 

Get Key Pieces To Help Maximize Space

 There are a few pieces that you may not even think belong in your living room that actually can help you to maximize the space. Instead of a sofa, for example, get a love seat. There are even pull-out versions of love seats that can accommodate overnight guests. Now, youíre saving space with a purpose. 

An armoire is typically thought of as being in the bedroom for clothing storage. You can use an armoire to hide things like games, liquor and bar tools, or even books. This can help you to hide things, reducing clutter, creating the illusion of more space in the room. There are dozens of other great pieces that save space and serve a purpose in a living room. These include sofa tables and side tables.

The Basics

In small rooms, the most important thing to remember is that simple is best. You donít want much beyond the essentials. If you get creative with the space, youíll be able to make the most of every inch that you have to work with.

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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 11/8/2017

9 Heritage Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545



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Charming, spacious 2,600 sq. ft., light filled Cape Cod located in desirable wooded neighborhood with cul-de-sac setting and an acre plus lot w/ picturesque brook in a fabulous location near town center and Rte. 9. 3 Bedrooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, central air conditioning, oversized 24 x24 garage. Separate bonus room / suite with private entrance, mini refrigerator and sink, plus a full bath could be used for in-law apartment or home business. 3 Season Sun room with gorgeous exposed beams, large 22 x 10 wood deck and screened-in patio. Lovely master bedroom with separate full bath with tub and separate shower stall. With new carpets and clean, bright, neutral interiors, this house is sure to please its new owner. This will not last, set up a private showing today.
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Wonderful home in cul de sac neighborhood with Floral Street School. Very spacious, come check it out. Call with any questions at 617-803-9863.
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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 11/7/2017

Apartments in some cities and municipalities offer as much space as the average size house. Amenities in apartments make living at the rentals comfortable and flexible. There are granite kitchen and bathroom counters, large walk-in closets and spacious bedroom en suites, to name a few apartment amenities.

Why it might be time to transition from renting to owning

With amenities like these, you can feel like you're living at a house even while you rent an apartment. But, that doesn't mean that it always makes sense to keep renting a house or an apartment. When you rent, you're not in complete control of your living arrangements. Your landlord is.

Generally, renting a house offers more independence when it comes to making decisions about your living space than renting an apartment. However, regardless of where you rent, your landlord may communicate that you cannot:

  • Keep large dogs in your apartment or leased house
  • Upgrade bathroom or kitchen cabinets
  • Plant fruit or vegetables in the front or backyard, even easy to care for food like tomatoes
  • Install a different style of windows at the property
  • Allow guests to stay at your apartment for longer than three to four weeks without getting management approval
  • Rent  one or more rooms even if you are not using the space
  • Barbecue on your front or back porch or in outdoor areas besides set barbecue cooking locations near the clubhouse or recreation center

More reasons to stop renting

Lack of authority to have any type of pet that you want at your home or redesign and style the property the way that you want is only one reason why it might not make sense to keep renting. Check out these other reasons when it doesn't make sense to keep renting:

  • Less opportunities to build real estate equity - You'll never own property that you rent unless you enter a rent-to-own agreement with the current owner of the property.
  • Rising rents - It's not uncommon for landlords to raise apartment and housing rents once a year or every two to three years.
  • Fewer chances to make money off the property - Owning your own home gives you the chance to earn income from the property. For example, you could rent out your house while you take ownership of another house, broadening your real estate equity.
  • Limited parking options - Although parking lots at apartment complexes are large, you have a limited number of parking spaces that you can use. If parking at apartment complexes is small, the apartment management might only be allowed one parking spot per resident.

It's true that renting removes the need to pay for and perform house repairs and general maintenance. By renting, you also avoid taking on a mortgage. What you don't get when you rent is assurance that, despite inflation and other economic shifts, your monthly housing costs won't change. You also generally won't have the authority and legal right to make any design and structural changes to property that you rent whenever you want.

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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 10/31/2017

We all know that cleaning supplies can be filled with chemicals and fragrances that are not the best for us to work with or live around. However, we also know that store bought solutions are very convenient. Maybe you would like to use more non-toxic cleaning supplies but are unsure of where to start. Iíve listed what you need to know below to get started with a more green cleaning routine! Everyday Cleaning: Choose cleaning products marked as non-toxic and microfiber clothes over traditional cleaners. These can usually be found in the natural section of stores. Microfiber clothes are also a fantastic multitasker to keep in your cleaning arsenal. Used damp they are great for cleaning and scrubbing while when dry they can be used for dusting. Since microfiber clothes are such cleaning superstars you will find yourself needing less cleaning product. When you do need a product to get the job done opt for a more natural or even homemade one. DIY: Ingredients that can get your home spick and span are also likely to already be in your cupboards. Check yours for the ingredients below!

  • White vinegar or apple cider vinegar - removes dirt, bacteria, and mineral deposits and can be used as a†multipurpose cleaner or as a†fabric softener in the washer machine.
  • Baking soda - absorbs odors and can be used as a gentle scouring agent on tubs and sinks.
  • Hydrogen peroxide - a disinfectant and removes dirt, can be used a stain remover.
  • Essential oils - for adding pleasant odors and some are disinfectants.
  • Borax - eliminates odors and removes dirt.
  • Castile soap - removes dirt and can be used as a†detergent or multipurpose cleaner.
  • Lemon juice- grease cutter, stain lifter, dissolves soap scum and removes mineral deposits.
When creating your own cleaning solutions please remember to never combine the following mixtures as they can actually cause more harm than good.
  • Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide - when combined they create an acid and can cause you harm or damage surfaces.
  • Baking soda and vinegar - while they will bubble up the result is a completely ineffective, neutral solution.
  • Castile soap and vinegar - the vinegar will turn the soap back into a white curdled substance leaving your home dirtier than you started.
Freshening up - Skip store-bought air fresheners and opt for diluting essential oils in a glass spray bottle, boiling a pot of spices like cinnamon and clove with oranges or opening a window to let some fresh air in! Plants are also a great, and natural, way to filter the air in your home while adding beauty to your surrounding. Laundry - When doing a load of laundry use cold water instead of warm as most of the energy used during the washing process is used on heating up the water. Washing clothes less often not only prolongs the lifespan of your wardrobe but also saves on energy in the long run as youíll need to do laundry less often. Hang dry clothes when the weather is nice instead of putting them in the dryer to save energy and money on your utility bill as well! We all want to know our home is a clean safe space for us and our families to come home to. Admittedly, green cleaning has a bit of a learning curve to it as you seek out new products and recipes for homemade cleaning solutions. However, as you make the effort to make your cleaning routine a more non-toxic one you can feel good about coming home to a house that sparkles and smells great!

Posted by Lisa Bradley on 10/24/2017

Retirement is a period of life that millions of people anticipate with wonder, excitement and positive thoughts. After putting in enough time to earn a pension, older Americans may start a company or devote their services to a charity.

Rewarding home retirement calls for vision

Once retired, people may also spend more time with their grandchildren. Those events might occur more with American retirees who thought about what they would do after they stopped working full-time outside their home.

As with many other life changes, a rewarding retirement doesn't just happen. A rewarding retirement requires vision. Retirees have to consider what they want to do after they are suddenly left with eight to 10 extra hours of free time not once a week but every single day.

Without vision and planning, similar to the type of planning that employers use to define which employees will perform which job functions, retirees could get bored. Retirees could also become less and less active, putting their health at risk of decline.

Retirees plan for a rewarding future

Types of planning that retirees could do to fill their days only take several minutes. Among these planning events are:

  • Consider their passions and hobbies - Spend one or more hours a day engaging in the hobbies and passions
  • Travel - Decide if and when they will go on a cruise, travel to other countries and visit out-of-town relatives and friends
  • Communicate - Make talking with family and friends a part of retirement planning. For example, during these conversations, retirees might discover that they want to start a community or social organization
  • Think about work - Just because retirees no longer work full-time doesn't mean that they are ready to leave the work world completely.

Planning a rewarding retirement is an ongoing process. But, the above planning steps only address how retirees can stay mentally engaged after they leave full-time work. Retirees also need to stay active at home.

Several ways that retirees could stay active at home

To pull this off, retirees might have to make minor adjustments at their houses. For example, retirees might have to:

  • Buy a set of dumb bells and place the dumb bells in a room that they frequently walk through or spend time in (putting the dumbbells in an area that they frequent can encourage retirees to use the dumbbells regularly)
  • Install a balance beam or use a sturdy counter to perform daily stretching exercises
  • Turn their basement into a personal gym, adding an exercise bike, rowing machine, balance balls and a stair stepper or similar exercise equipment

To stay active at home, retirees also need to schedule time to go for a walk, run, bike ride or swim. The type of exercise isn't key. It's the fact that retirees get out each day and engage in some type of physical activity, the type of activity that raises a heart rate.

It won't take long for retirees to know if they are being active enough. Easily going to sleep and remaining asleep may be a sign that retirees are sufficiently active. So too is feeling vibrant and psychologically and emotionally engaged whether they are alone or sharing their lives with someone else.

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